You have to try this creamy vegan avocado pasta to understand that this combination will delight your taste buds – whether you’re vegan or not. These irresistible “guacaghetti” not only satisfy your craving for a rich and enjoyable meal, but are also very nutritious and healthy thanks to the avocado pesto. What’s more, this creamy avocado pasta is a perfect recipe for lazy days because it is so easy and quick to prepare in just 15 minutes. What I also love about it is the scope for variation. I can’t wait to show you how to make vegan avocado pasta sauce.
Avocado pasta? Oh yes!
When I first heard about pasta with avocado, I didn’t jump for joy, on the contrary. I had my doubts about this combination, although I actually even like to drink avocado in a Moroccan Avocado Smoothie (I was also skeptical at first …).
My first encounter with avocado pasta was at a “Vapiano” restaurant many years ago. A friend ordered them, I tasted them, fell in love at first bite, mmmmh, and have ordered them myself ever since. I could easily swap out the feta that came on top according to the recipe for pine nuts. A new favorite was born, had to be imitated at home, and found its way into my favorite vegan pasta recipes.
The vegan YouTubers “BOSH!” also have vegan avocado pasta in one of their cookbooks *). They use macaroni pasta. And since the avocado pasta sauce is very similar to guacamole, they call their dish “guacaroni”. I make the sauce a little differently and like to eat it with spaghetti, which is why I like to affectionately call my guacamole pasta “guacaghetti”.
Few and simple ingredients
Anyone who already knows my blog a little knows that I love to cook (mostly) simply, without a lot of frills. This dish is another of the “no frills, with ingredients that are as easy as possible” series.
The most exotic thing about the recipe, yes, apart from the avocados due to their onward journey, is probably the nutritional yeast *). These flakes give the sauce a slightly cheesy note, and are very healthy, full of B vitamins. But you can simply omit the nutritional yeast if you need to.
Apart from avocados and yeast flakes, for this delicious vegan avocado pasta, you also need garlic, olive oil, lime or lemon juice, herbs (preferably fresh coriander and/or basil), salt, pepper, pasta water (from cooking the pasta) – and pasta, of course.
As I said, I love to make avocado pasta with spaghetti. Use whatever you like. If you want your vegan avocado pasta to be healthy-healthy, you can prepare it with wholewheat pasta or pasta made from legumes *).
By the way, my favorite way to top my guacaghetti are cherry tomatoes and toasted pine nuts, and, when I have it ready (which luckily happens quite often), with my beloved homemade vegan feta. Finely chopped spring onions are also wonderful on avocado pasta.
Avocado Pasta Variations
The possible toppings for this creamy avocado pasta were just a few alternatives, namely my favorites. The possibilities extend further to adding fresh chili or chili flakes, homemade wild garlic pesto, vegan sour cream (or, instead, just add a few soaked cashews to the blender), fresh baby spinach, whole peas, and and and.
If you are looking for avocado pasta without basil, simply skip it and only use cilantro. Or parsley. Or skip any herbs. You see, no witchcraft, but a lot of flexibility. In no time, you have your perfect vegan avocado pasta.
Baby Led Weaning Pasta
As a mom, I can also recommend this spaghetti with vegan avocado cream sauce recipe to you as a baby-friendly pasta sauce. So, if you are looking for avocado baby led weaning recipes for your baby’s first eating attempts – et voilà. Simply leave out the garlic and possibly also the herbs (and add both later for you).
Preparation of “Guacaghetti”
Preparing guacaghetti is easy and quick. Basically, you cook the noodles of your choice in salted water while preparing the sauce and any toppings. This doesn’t take longer than 15 minutes.
Everything goes superfast with a food processor or mini blender. I like to use this small, cheap and powerful KitchenAid Mini Food Processor *) or my beloved Mini blender by KeMar *) (the link leads to Amazon Germany. This one *) would be something similar you can buy on Amazon.com). Put the ingredients for the vegan pasta sauce in the food processor (or blender), start, and blend for a few seconds, done. Then simply combine the creamy avocado sauce with the warm, cooked pasta and top it as you like.
Avocado pasta without a food processor
You can also easily make the sauce for your vegan avocado pesto pasta without a food processor. The no-blender way would be to mash the avocado with a fork, press (or finely chop) the garlic, finely chop the herbs and all the other ingredients stir together with a fork. But: This sauce will not be creamy. If you’ve ever tried an avocado smoothie, then you know how ultimately creamy an avocado becomes by blending.
How long does Avocado Pasta last?
How long does avocado pasta last, and can it be frozen and then reheated? I would say no to everything. Please eat it right away. A prepared avocado doesn’t get better over time, but rather a brown spoiled fermenting slack. This creamy avocado pasta “Guacaghetti” is intended for immediate consumption. Believe me – you can’t resist anyway to eat it all.
- 250 g spaghetti (or another pasta of your choice)
- 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1 clove of garlic, peeled
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast *)
- 6 tablespoons pasta cooking water
- 1-2 tbsp fresh basil and/or coriander
- A pinch of salt (and a little more for the pasta cooking water)
- Black pepper
- 1 tomato or a few cocktail tomatoes, chopped
- 1 stalk of spring onions, the green part cut into thin rings
- 1-2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted in a pan without adding oil
- some (homemade) vegan feta
- Cook the spaghetti in salted water according to package instructions.
- While the pasta is cooking, mix all the ingredients for the sauce: avocados, garlic clove, olive oil, lime juice, yeast flakes, pasta cooking water, and herbs in the food processor *) or small blender *). Alternatively, you can mash the avocado with a fork, press or finely chop the garlic, and also finely chop the herbs and mix with the other ingredients. Tastes just as good, but not as creamy.
- Drain the noodles, put them back in the hot pot, combine, and mix them with the sauce - otherwise, the dish will cool down too much. You can also mix in the tomatoes at the same time (and save a few for topping/garnishing).
Add toppings to the finished pasta as desired.